No Labels traces the lives of the author, Monica Gurdjian, and her interfaith and multi-cultural family from war-torn Europe to Iran and then to Canada within an overarching theme of politics, culture and religion. The author describes her quest to find an identity within the kaleidoscope of cultures and religions that defined her childhood and how this journey informed her life lessons. According to Monica (and to quote Aeschylus), “I'm not afraid of storms, because I have learned how to sail my ship”.
I wanted to let you know that I absolutely loved "No Labels". It was a bit of an emotional roller coaster and I was literally laughing out loud on the plane yesterday as I read some of the funny parts. I am very picky about authors writing styles but with No Labels, I had a hard time putting the book down. It appealed to me on many levels. First, I found the historical references and cultural explanations very informative. Second, I found it very interesting as a new parent reading about your parenting theories and " providing a full nap sack" (I hope you don't mind but I plan on utilizing some of your lessons and theories with Jack). Third, you have a very interesting life! I look forward to the second edition;)
And fourth..... I really enjoy your writing style.
To try and sum it up, No Labels is a book about history, culture, business, parenting and so much more, all packed into an intriguing memoir.
I just finished reading No Labels by Monica Gurdjian and heartily recommend this very erudite memoir. I was lucky enough to know the author for a short while many years ago, back in Montreal, and it has been both humbling and heartening to discover so much more to her story than I knew at the time. A true international voice that will resonate for open-minded and -hearted readers of any generation.
Fellow Great Decisions Participants,
Our own Monica Body has written the story of her life and published it. The title is No Labels by Monica Gurdjian (Body). It an outstanding work that details her upbringing in eastern Europe and Iran during times of upheavals, so you gain insight into her great understanding of that part of the world.
Even though she grew up during a time of great political and social upheavals and had to move to different countries, her parents were successful in imparting the necessary lessons and values to permit her to lead a successful life with a good marriage, a good career, and pass on these values to her son.
Her book brings the reader right up to the present and even mentions our Great Decisions group. The book is enjoyable and enlightening and we highly recommend it to you.
Bill & Joan Page